2 Die 4: Dangerous Truth About Following Christ

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Abundant life can be yours. But in order to live, you first have to die (Matthew 16:25). The fact is, if you have nothing worth dying for, you have nothing worth living for. You may never have to make the ultimate sacrifice, but you are called to daily give up something of this earthly existence to pursue the amazing life Jesus promises to His followers. In To Die For, Ryan Dobson shatters common misconceptions about dying to self, spelling out the realities of the deadly spiritual battle each of us faces. He provides clear guidelines for making life-and-death choices daily and deals with how to overcome the emotional struggles that accompany both failure and success.

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Ryan Dobson' s hands-on knowledge of youth culture and speaking experience have propelled him to the forefront of today's younger generation. The son of James and Shirley Dobson, Ryan travels extensively, speaking more than 100 times a year at events ranging from youth camps to crisis pregnancy center fundraisers. Ryan is a graduate of Biola University with a degree in communications and lives in Southern California , where he loves to surf Orange County 's top beaches and skateboard with friends.

Brian Smith, author of numerous home Bible study guides, has provided fifteen years of pastoral oversight to small church groups. He is a popular conference speaker and small group ministry consultant to churches nationwide. Smith earned an MDiv from Western Baptist Seminary in 1988 and is working toward his ThM in biblical and theological studies. Brian lives in Gresham , Oregon , with his wife, Susan, and their four children.

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In a colloquial style with all the subtlety of a two-by-four to the side of the head, Dobson, a surfer, skateboarder and motivational speaker who is a son of Focus on the Family's James Dobson, trumpets Christianity as the ultimate adrenaline rush: "You and I were born for excitement and adventure.... Anything else leaves us bored." Christ alone offers the abundant life to all who follow him, but the way is fraught with peril and temptation from Satan and his "evil world system"; Dobson dubs it "murderous war because our enemy is deadly." Furthermore, Christ calls his followers to die daily to their own desires so that they might live more fully for him; Dobson even says that Christ will call some to martyrdom. The book targets a young audience with its references to life in a rock band, The Lord of the Rings, professional wrestling and its central metaphor, skydiving. It offers writing for people who don't like to read: short sentences, sentence fragments and plenty of exclamation points. With its ragged and rugged portrait of the Christian as the world's true rebel, this brief, conspicuous book may draw teens and 20-somethings who are tired of boring religion.
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